July 21, 2015
Complete your ALL-IN Summer Bucket List

Fun ways to embrace Indiana AND mark up your ALL-IN scorecard this summer!

Summer means ice cream, baseball and road trips. It means taking time to have fun and enjoy the beautiful weather with family and friends! But here in Indiana, summer also means the perfect time to complete your ALL-IN scorecard. With the “back to school” season knocking on our door, it’s the ideal stretch of summer to reenergize your connection to the Hoosier state.

We have revamped our ALL-IN challenges to fit with some of Indiana’s best summer activities. Below you’ll find challenges that take you the distance as well some experiences you, your family and your friends can enjoy without leaving the backyard! For each challenge you complete and share with us via social media (make sure to tag @INHumanities and #ALL_IN), you will be entered into a drawing for your chance to win some exciting summer prizes. We’re talking amusement park passes, sweet treats and more! The more challenges you complete, the better chance you have to snag some awesome prizes and to make Indiana even better! So, get your bucket-list and scorecards ready, and let’s do this!

EXPLORE: See your world differently by looking through others’ eyes, ears, taste buds, and lives.

Go the distance!

Try an ethnic restaurant. No matter where in Indiana you call home, there’s a place to broaden your palate. Check out this list to find a dining spot near you! Make sure to share a photo of your experience using #ALL_IN. Looking for inspiration? We can’t help but recommend taking a picture with gelato in hand!

Home is where the heart is.

Have a backyard BBQ. Find an ethnic recipe like Indian Grilled Salmon or Thai Shrimp Skewers and invite the neighbors to try your cuisine! Snap a picture of your delicious eats and share it with us, tagging #ALL_IN.

DISCOVER: Make “home” your next exotic destination to learn more about your state, community and neighbors.

Go the distance!

Visit Amish Country. Northern Indiana is home to one of America’s largest Amish populations and there is plenty of summer fun in store for you. We suggest checking out the annual production of Plain and Fancy at the Round Barn Theatre in Nappanee, and shopping at the Midwest’s largest flea market in Shipshewana. Bask in the sun on the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail and top off your visit with pie a-la-mode at the famous Das Dutchman Essenhaus restaurant in Middlebury. Document your trip and share it with us, using #ALL_IN.

Home is where the heart is.

Share your summer favorites. Think about what you love most about summer in the Hoosier state! Tweet about it – include a picture if you can (#ALL_IN)!

READ: Be informed, provoked, inspired, and moved by words on a page. 

Go the distance!

Head to your favorite summer reading spot. Do you read on the beach? With a blanket in the grass? Maybe you’ve done your best reading on vacation! The Indiana Dunes could be calling your name – or grab the family and take a trip to the historical French Lick Resort. A good book has the power to inspire wherever your travels take you! Share your selection and your favorite spot with us using #ALL_IN.

Home is where the heart is.

Pass it along. Pull out your favorite summer read. A romance novel, a feel good story, or a source of inspiration. Re-read it and then hand it off to a friend. Get together for a cold sweet tea and relive the best parts! Tell us about your favorite character using #ALL_IN.

REMEMBER: Embrace your yesterday to understand your today and shape your state’s and community’s tomorrow.

Go the distance!

Embrace the past. Venture over to the Indiana State Museum – while you’re there, get up close and share a photo of your county on the 92 Counties Wall (#ALL_IN) sculpture on the outside of the building. Also, consider taking a nice walk on the canal at White River State Park to the Indiana Historical Society!

Home is where the heart is.

Share a memory. A picture’s worth a thousand words. Look old photos and find one of a fond Indiana summer memory. Whether it’s a family picnic, a camping trip or a baseball championship – we want to see it! Don’t forget to tag @INHumanities and #ALL_IN with your photo!

PARTICIPATE: Join, learn, engage, debate, write, and, yes, vote to make our democracy work.

Go the distance!

Visit the home of Hoosier native sons. Travel to Indianapolis to explore the home of President Benjamin Harrison. Before you leave town, drop by capitol building at the heart of downtown. Or, head to Spencer County to tour the boyhood home of President Abraham Lincoln. Post some pics of your trip with #ALL_IN.                                                                                                                   

Home is where the heart is.

Find the center for local change. Hop in the car and head to your local county courthouse. Snap a selfie in front of the building and share with us (#ALL_IN).

CONNECT: Give back, sign up, help out, lift up, pitch in and commit other selfless acts of time and treasure.

Go the distance!

Expand your efforts. Indiana is home to hundreds of exceptional volunteer organizations whose work is done in the great outdoors! Choose one, get a group together and spend a day volunteering at your favorite Indiana State Park. Share a picture of your group with #ALL_IN.

Home is where the heart is.

Keep it local. Fundraise for your favorite organization this summer. Plan a water balloon toss competition, host a car wash or set up a classic lemonade stand! Tell us all about your fundraiser and don’t forget to use #ALL_IN.

REFLECT: Go deep to tap into the ideas and beliefs that shape you and create the place where you live?

Go the distance!

Visit a place of worship and reflection. Embrace the sweet sounds of silence and spend an afternoon in the Chapel of Resurrection at Valparaiso University, or venture down south for a day at St. Meinrad’s Archabbey. If the weather is nice, travel to New Harmony to reflect at the The Roofless Church, a non-denominational church. Take some snapshots to share with us via #ALL_IN.

Home is where the heart is.

Let the music take you. Make a summer playlist of songs that allow you to sit back, reflect on life and smile! Listen with the windows down in the car, while exercising or laying by the pool. Share the tunes you select with #ALL_IN.

DREAM: Imagine the next Indiana, watch it take shape and join the effort to turn ambitious visions into reality.

Wherever you find yourself.

Imagine a purpose. Whether you’re on the road or biking through the streets of your hometown keep an eye out for a building or site with potential for new life. Take a photo and share your vision for its future (#ALL_IN)!

You have two weeks to complete as many of these exciting challenges as possible! Sharing is key – share your adventures using #ALL_IN to be entered to win prizes! Winners will be announced on August 7!

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